Song of the Day #1,666: ‘Cut the World’ – Antony and the Johnsons

antony_johnsons_cut_the_worldMy last video of the series starts out as the most boring and abruptly turns into the most disturbing.

Willem Dafoe plays a businessman who, it seems, had an affair with a co-worker and reacts by staring quietly out of his office window. They have a brief scene together, then we follow her back to her office… and I’ll let you watch the rest.

Antony and the Johnsons first came to my attention when the band’s lead singer (that would be Antony) sang a duet with Rufus Wainwright on Wainwright’s fourth album. He has a bizarre, mournful voice that sounds like a cross between a man, a woman and a dying farm animal.

Antony is the only transgendered musical artist I can name, which probably puts me one up on most people. It’s not clear whether he has undergone surgery to become a man or whether he just identifies himself as a man, but he still looks very much like a woman.

Perhaps his gender identity has something to do with this video.

for so long i’ve obeyed that feminine decree
i’ve always contained your desire to hurt me

but when will i turn and cut the world?

my eyes are coral, absorbing your dreams
my heart is a record of dangerous scenes
my skin is a surface to push to extremes

but when will i turn and cut the world?


2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,666: ‘Cut the World’ – Antony and the Johnsons

  1. Dana says:

    I’m fairly sure she is unlikely to get away with that crime.šŸ˜„

    So either this is the year of disturbing videos or the websites you found that rank these videos skew toward the darker side.

    I actually find the song rather compelling. Not sure if the video has anything to do with transgender issues though.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    I agree, compelling is a good description. Intiguing entry.

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